not surprised at the passage of Amendment One, to be completely honest.
This is the state that told blacks and whites who they couldn't marry
until 1971. In point of fact, you could replace every reference to gays
in this Amendment and change it to references to mixed races and it
would read like it came from half a century ago.
Why is Gay
Marriage so important? Why is Amendment #1 in North Carolina one of the
most bigoted and ignominious things ever to be put into legal practice
this century? Who can say who is right or who is wrong?
This is the simplest and most direct answer: You cannot base discrimination on nonsensical laws.
A leper – no matter what form he takes – will always be ostracized from
society, for they are dangerous to the health of it. Pedophiles,
rapists, murderers, thieves, all manner of violence…these and others are
necessary evils that occur and must be exercised from the group without
hesitation. This is sensible, and a necessary discrimination.
However – a pedophile can get legally married. A murderer can legally tie the knot. Jail marriages happen all the time.
To base such exclusion on -->nonsensical<-- reasons, such as
race, creed or sexual orientation is nothing short of BIGOTRY. There is
no other excuse, and it is purely religious-driven.
right to marry based on any religion that begins with the letter "M", or
perhaps a law that forbids marriage to any woman who has seen an
episode of "Jersey Shore", but not one episode of "Firefly", or hey,
howzabout anyone who is deemed NOT a virgin cannot be wed, no matter
what, and you'll see All you religious nutbars marching in the streets
WITHIN THE HOUR. "It's not fair!" you'll cry, waving your pathetically
misspelled hand-painted signs in the air like so much flotsam for the
illiterate, "We're being oppressed! Our rights are being trampled on!"
I'll tell you: The religious should have been the fucking FIRST people
to oppose this amendment; they should have jumped on it and torn it to
shreds on the factory floor. The respect, support and unity for
believers would have shot through the roof at a rate that would have
been uncontrollable. I wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
had a girlfriend whose mother was an extremely devout Catholic. She
believed the only "real" marriages were performed in the Catholic Church
by a Catholic priest. I know of a radio minister who thinks the only
legitimate marriages are between Christians. I've met people who think
that it's an abomination before God when people of different races
marry. You people can't be in the same damn room for ten minutes without
going to war over the minutiae of what God supposedly meant in his
Who am I to say who's right or wrong? Who the fuck are YOU PEOPLE?
So listen up, I'll only say this once:
There are gays this very minute in the military, suffering and dying to
protect and defend a right that they themselves don't enjoy. They have
done so since the dawn of the American military. They are doing a job
that, quite frankly, I would not under ANY circumstances. I have no use
for militaries, war or combat. I decide when and how I kill, no one
else. I won't – for ANY reason – defend the flag. Fuck a whole truckload
of wars, you won't find me in one.
NOR WOULD ANY OF YOU…If you
had to do so for a right you weren't privileged to have. Send the
troops out to defend Jim Crow laws, let me know how many of you would
TAKE A FUCKING BULLET for that? Or, to be more contemporary, stand in
front of a firing squad to defend gay rights in Africa.
Homosexuals do this EVERY DAY. Without complaint, I might add, except
the desire to be counted on the same list as every one else.
say "There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay
couples" is disingenuous at best, and ALL of you know this. Whenever you
cull a fourth (probably more) of humanity off, deny them basic civil
rights and fundamental living entitlements, you tell the rest of the
world; "It's okay to treat these people like they're not really human.
Like they're not really a part of society. See, we've already taken the
You give permission to the people of your society
to act like animals, and turn a blind eye when they attack the innocent.
You'll march into Hell itself to stop an abortion, but you'll turn that
apple cart around as fast as your bigoted little legs can carry you
when true innocence and injustice is happening.
God forbid you
open your eyes to the plight of your fellow man. Wouldn't want the
almighty to be anything but the petty, raging asshole you all make him
out to be, now would we?
So why is it important to fight this
on both the moral and religious front? Because they are united AGAINST
everyone else, despite their proclamations to the contrary. This is an
excerpt from an interview with George Bush Sr.:
Interviewer: "Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?"
Bush: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
Atheists shouldn't be considered citizens. Say that with the same tone
as "Niggers shouldn't be allowed to roam free with proper white folk",
and you'll have the correct level of bile in your mouth that WE feel.
And this Amendment is a first step, for it only allows a foot in the
door to bring back the religious dark ages, those times of fear when
people like me couldn't walk down the hall of my middle school as a kid
for fear of being called a "Devil Worshipper", and being spat on for my
Whenever religion is holding the reins, it is NEVER
for humanity. It happened before. It's happening *now*. The hangman
never pauses long, he looks hungrily for the next throat to loop.
I can hear it now: "It appears to me as if everyone's beliefs are
supposed to be respected and honored and allowed EXCEPT for those of the
No, you are so far out of the ball park on
that, you could moonwalk blindfolded across homeplate without worrying.
This bias comes from a lifetime of indoctrination – Christianity (let's
just say "religion") has had an iron gauntlet on the reins of power in
this country since it's inception, and since the conclusion of World War
2 has been slowly losing it's grip. It had no business being in control
of such things, particularly for the run it enjoyed, and now what we're
seeing is a leveling of the playing field…FINALLY. Nobody is trying to
oppress religion, but we ARE trying to put it in its proper less-than
status in society. It only seems like oppression because we're no longer
turning to the Bible for legal matters…which is as it should have been
from the start.
If there were laws in place that prevented YOU
from becoming married because you were a Christian, you'd be completely
up in arms about it. Or how about all the states in America that make
it illegal to worship?
Oh, there aren't any? That's because
Christians aren't persecuted. You're finally being told that you don't
get to have exclusive access to indoctrinating people, and it's about
time. People are waking up and are finally starting to push back.
I don't see it's necessary to demonize you (the Theists) for your
beliefs, but I *DO* believe it's absolutely necessary to look accusingly
at your religion, the anchor shackled around your leg that you're
happily offering the rest of the world, and ask why this dated, obsolete
piece of philosophy still guides your morality.
I believe it's irresponsible not to point it out, at the very least.
I hope that this Amendment is a last-gasp action of a dying breed. I
hope in a decade or two, it will be bred out of Congress, hopefully out
of society. At least, it's raising awareness in the young about who they
elect, and the effect it will have on their well-being. Because some of
the kids of those people who voted for this amendment are indeed gay.
And they will grow up in the shadow of their bigoted parents, watching
with disdain as they enter the time of their lives when they are left in
control of the wheel.
I hope future generations don't look
back on us and think we were all fucking insane. I'd like to show the
rest of the world that not all of us were monsters.